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Patriots sign TE Jones, release TE Kranchick

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (Aug. 12, 2007) -- The New England Patriots signed free-agent tight end Brian Jones and released tight end Matt Kranchick.

The 6-foot-3, 258-pound Jones was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2004 and had nine receptions for 146 yards and a touchdown in his first two seasons. He missed all of last season on injured reserve with a knee injury.

The 6-7, 260-pound Kranchick, the Pittsburgh Steelers sixth-round draft pick in 2004, was signed to the Patriots practice squad on Dec. 13 and to the active roster on Jan. 23. He has one career reception for 6 yards. He was also on the New York Giants roster.

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